Ken Shiro. You may not have heard the name before, heck at the time of writing Boxrec doesn’t even list the result of his debut, but you will hear it, a lot, over the coming years.
The 22 year old Kenshiro Teraji (1-0) is the next fighter from the Japanese production line which appears to be spitting out wondrously talented fighters at a rate that no other country can compete with. In fact he’s the third “sure fire champion” to have debuted under 112lbs in the last year, following Kosei Tanaka and Takuma Inoue.
Ken Shiro made his debut this past Sunday and thoroughly dominated Indonesian veteran Heri Amol (34-18-4, 14). Amol may not be a world class fighter but he’s a formidable opponent to be facing on debut. In fact going into the bout Amol was ranked #11 at 105lbs by the OPBF (Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation) and was famous in Japan for dropping Kazuto Ioka back in 2010. Amol proved no match for Ken Shiro over 6 rounds with the bout scored a near shut out with cards of 60-53, 60-53 and 59-54.
Although the debut performance was thoroughly impressive from Ken Shiro the expectations of him are much than just how he looked at the weekend. They are instead based on his amateur days and his family.
As an amateur he performed very well on the domestic scene with a notable competition win at the 2013 National Sports Festival and several other finals. Like many Japanese fighters however his skills weren’t fully shown to an international audience keeping.
In regards to his family, Ken Shiro’s father is Hisashi Teraji, a fighter from the 1990’s who ran up an excellent 20-1-3 (11) record whilst claiming the Japanese Middleweight title and the OPBF Light Heavyweight title. The one loss on Hisashi’s record came to one time Middleweight world title holder Shinji Takehara.
In the West you might not hear anything much about Ken Shiro for a little while but by the end of 2015 expect to see him fighting for titles. His skills are going to help him on the fast track to a world ranking and there is little doubt about just how good this youngster really is.
Scott Graveson covers the Asian Boxing scene for www.asianboxing.info